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Photon Water Technology improves supply of quality drinking water in Peru

Photon Water Technology s.r.o. (“the Company” or “Photon Water”), a subsidiary of Photon Energy N.V., carried out its third mission to the Republic of Peru this year to implement its water treatment project under the Czech Development Agency’s B2B programme. In order to ensure that communities in the Tacna region have access to a long-term reliable supply of clean and safe water, the company has deployed its solution in various public spaces and informed the wider public about the importance of quality drinking water.

“By 2020 we plan to successfully put in place up to ten small water treatment plants in public spaces and to train staff to ensure their operation and maintenance,” explains Dr Petr Kvapil, Managing Director of Photon Water.

The Company successfully installed five water treatment plants at squares and schools of the towns of Candarave, Ilabaya and Chipe. All three villages have long been struggling with the poor sanitary quality of drinking water supply, as demonstrated by the presence of various pollutants, such as carcinogenic arsenic, that is often found at concentrations 70 times higher than both the Peruvian national standard and the WHO provisional guideline.

“Due to volcanic and mining activities some districts in Peru suffer from widespread boron and arsenic contamination of the groundwater used for drinking, the latter being carcinogenic and thus posing serious health implications,” explains Dr Kvapil.

In addition to the installations, Photon Water has organized an awareness campaign aimed at the wider public in the region to raise awareness about different aspects of the problem, such as the importance of quality water, possibilities of technological solutions to the problem, environmental factors of the situation and, last but not least, the influence of untreated contaminated water on human health.

“We are very pleased that our school can be part of this project. Our village has long been struggling with the reduced quality of drinking water that is so essential for human health. Thanks to Photon Water Technology, our pupils will now have access not only to clean and safe water, but also to information that will get them thinking critically about the importance of quality drinking water in general”, said Mireya Raynelle Figueroa Parodi, Principal of the primary school Collegio de Chipe, when asked about her expectations of the water treatment plant installed in its school premises.

The implementation phase of the project followed a successful project feasibility study and a 50% grant funding from the Czech Development Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Development Cooperation Programme for the Private Sector in the field of foreign development cooperation of the Czech Republic.

Picture 1: Residents of Candarave line up for clean and safe water.

Picture 2: Mireya Raynelle Figueroa Parodi (second from right), Principal of the primary school where the water treatment plant has been installed, pictured with (l to r) Vojtech Stejskal, Nadit Paredes and Eduardo García, members of the Photon Water team.

Picture 3: The drinking water treatment plant by Photon Water, installed in public spaces in the villages of Candarave, Ilabaya and Chipe, produces daily up to 190 litres of clean and safe water.

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Photon Water receives support for its water treatment projects in Peru

Photon Water Technology s.r.o. announced that it has been awarded a 50% subsidy for the implementation of its water treatment plants in small and medium-sized municipalities in Peru. In 2018 the project budget is estimated at CZK 4.663 million (approx. EUR 184,000), while the subsidy will amount to CZK 2.331 million (approx. EUR 92,000). The company is committed to covering the remaining half of the needed funds while also ensuring the continuous operation and maintenance of the installed equipment after completion.

Photon Water Technology s.r.o., a subsidiary of Photon Energy NV, has been awarded a 50% subsidy by the Czech Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under the Programme of Czech International Development Cooperation and the B2B development partnership, for the implementation of drinking water treatment projects in Peru. Photon Water’s project was among the 42 submissions, out of 77 projects proposed in many developing countries around the world, which obtained funding.

The project support will be paid out yearly based on the annual estimated budget. The 2018 support amounts to CZK 2.331 million (EUR 92,000) of the estimated annual total project budget of CZK 4.663 million (EUR 184,000), where Photon Water is committed to financing the remaining half of the needed funds from its own resources. The entire project is expected to be realized by 2020 and to cost CZK 9.637, million (EUR 380,000), of which 4.819 million (EUR 190,000) will be covered by the Czech Development Agency’s subsidy.

The feasibility study for this project has been supported and majority financed by the Czech Development Agency and prepared by Photon Water Technology in late 2017. The continued support of Photon Water Technology’s activities in Peru by the Czech Development Agency now also during the pilot project phase is a testament to the project’s professional preparation and execution as well as the high social and health impact for a large number of affected Peruvian citizens.

The project aims to ensure that the selected municipalities in the Tacna region of Peru, each with approximately 1,000 inhabitants, will be supplied with clean and safe drinking water on a reliable long-term basis. In order to achieve continuous operation and supply, the project foresees the set-up of a service and maintenance team in cooperation with local partners, the comprehensive training of local technicians, the maintenance of adequate spare part inventory levels as well as the launch of a public campaign to educate the local population about the benefits of new water treatment approaches and the dangers associated with drinking contaminated untreated water.

“Photon Water is strongly committed to making a difference in the lives of as many Peruvians as possible. The experience, track record and lessons learnt from the delivery of this project will allow us to leverage our offering to other Latin American countries, where the problem of low water quality is equally pressing,” comments Managing Director of Photon Water Technology Dr. Petr Kvapil. 

Peru has long-standing problems with the quality, quantity and reliability of drinking water supplies throughout the country. In certain parts of the country up to 40 per cent of the population reported a lack of water supplies, while other municipalities exposed their populace to water heavily contaminated with hazardous salts and metals like Arsenic and Boron, from using the only available source of water, which was. Peruvian regional governments are starting to actively address this issue and to provide substantial support to companies working in water purification and treatment.

Oconchay City, one of the municipalities in a remote part of the Peruvian desert facing the challenge of contaminated drinking water.

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Photon Water aims to resolve the long-term problem of insufficient drinking water supply in Peru

Photon Water Technology, a subsidiary of Photon Energy NV, received a subsidy from the Czech Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to develop and implement customised solutions to tackle the endemic lack of drinking and fresh water in small villages in Peru. The programme of Czech International Development Cooperation provides funding for a feasibility study “Technology for the production of drinking water in Peru” to develop technologies for the production of drinking water throughout Peru, where prolonged and repeated droughts as well as volcanic activity and mining activities have severely contaminated the sources of fresh water, endangering the health of the local population.

The project focuses on delivering small container-based water treatment units to supply municipalities of up to 1,000 inhabitants in the area of Tacna with safe drinking water. The feasibility study will present economically sound technical solutions as well as their evaluation for at least three model options. With the objective of increasing the economic efficiency and sustainability of the project and to maximize the use of local material and human resources, the project envisages the supply of special technology components from the EU. At the same time, locally available components and materials as well as installation works will be sourced from local partners in Peru. The core contribution of the Photon Water team is the system development and the provision of know-how. Customised cost-efficient equipment will have to be easy to install, operate and service by local resources.

The cost of the feasibility study totals CZK 497,050 (approx. EUR 19,000), 90% of which is covered by a subsidy from the Czech Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Upon completion of the feasibility study, Photon Water will invite commercial partners with an interest in the Peruvian market as well as local partner organisations to finance the implementation of the projects.

Given the pressing shortage of drinking water in Peru, water purification has been identified as a national priority by the Peruvian government and thus Photon Water’s initiative enjoys strong local support. According to a study by WHO (UNICEF) only 22 percent of rural residents in Peru are connected to water and sanitation infrastructure, while a source of fresh drinking water is accessible for less than half of the rural population in Peru. Waste and irrigation waters are currently not being treated, while underground water sources are repeatedly negatively affected by floods, volcanic activity and mining activity. As a result, water quality tests reveal high levels of toxic elements including heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury as well as salt. Photon Water’s experienced team is working to address these issues and to provide comprehensive services in the field of remediation of contaminated areas and ensuring clean drinking water supply.

The necessary contacts in Peru have been established during the trade mission organized by the Combined Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic and the Pacific Alliance (ČESTA) in June 2017, when the project was first presented to the Peruvian Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture and Irrigation, Housing and Construction and Sanitation as well as to the National Office for Reconstruction and several local municipalities.

“Clean water like clean energy is essential to keep our environment safe and to promote sustainable development around the world,“ comments Dr Petr Kvapil, managing director of Photon Water Technology. “We see great potential in our activities in Peru and are grateful for the support provided by the Czech Development Agency, which helps us in the promotion of Czech know-how globally and in putting our expertise to good use for the benefit of the Peruvian people.“

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Peruvian villages situated in the middle of desert areas are entirely dependent on local water sources contaminated by high concentrations of arsenic and other toxic elements.

Water reservoir in a mountain village of Tacna area. Due to the volcanic activity the water is high on arsenic and other toxic elements, nonetheless it is supplied directly to households without further treatment.

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Photon Energy expands its strategic focus to water

Photon Energy announced its strategic expansion to water management, adding it as a parallel business line to its core solar activities and aiming to offer comprehensive container-based solutions for off-grid systems worldwide by combining water purification powered by solar energy.

Photon Energy NV is pleased to announce a fundamental pivot in its strategic focus by adding water purification, remediation and treatment as a parallel business line. By establishing its subsidiary Photon Water Technology (PWT) Photon Energy’s management strongly believes in the exceptional potential of container-based water purification and treatment solutions powered primarily by solar energy. Therefore, the combination of the company’s expertise in off-grid solar installations integrating PV plants and energy storage with water management solutions will enable Photon Energy Group to provide grid-independent solutions and bring water and energy to essentially any place in the world.

In line with Photon Energy’s business model for solar PV plants, the company intends to cover the entire life cycle of water purification and remediation systems both as a turn-key supplier as well as a provider of the final product – drinking water. Thanks to available and reliable technologies to turn both saline and contaminated fresh water into drinking water, PWT offers packaging the customized water solutions into containers and thus to deploy these to any location. Finally, Photon Energy’s proprietary monitoring and control software will allow integrated real-time management and efficient operations and maintenance.

Photon Energy based the operations of its subsidiary Photon Water Technology s.r.o. in Liberec in the Czech Republic, which will act as the Group’s competence centre for water management. Liberec is a highly attractive location due to the Technical University of Liberec, with which PWT closely cooperates and which represents one of the world’s leading nanotechnology hubs developed in recent years. Nanotechnology solutions are rapidly coming to the forefront as the most effective approach to water filtration, thus allowing PWT to provide modern and highly efficient water technology solutions for a wide range of applications. Photon Energy will market its Water services and solutions via its brand “Photon Water”. More information is available on www.photonwater.com.

PWT is 65% owned by Photon Energy NV with the remaining equity held by management. While 2017 is expected to be a start-up period for PWT, the corporate expansion to water activities is meant to become a significant contributor to Photon Energy’s revenue growth and profitability from 2018 onwards.

“Following our customer’s needs and demand for accessible, affordable, clean and safe drinking water we expect to enter markets and to win customers which would not be addressable with our solar energy solutions alone. After careful analysis of various strategic options over the past two years, we have come to the conclusion that solar energy will continue being the highest potential renewable energy source, while worldwide the supply of drinking water is rapidly becoming the most serious problem facing humanity,” commented Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy NV.

PWT is managed by Dr Petr Kvapil, who has a long track record in realising water technology projects internationally.  “This expansion reaffirms Photon Energy’s driving vision that Energy and Water must be Accessible, Affordable, Clean and Safe for Everyone and my team is excited to act on making this vision a reality for the less advantaged regions on the planet,” added Petr Kvapil.

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